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Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Active Time: 30 minutes • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes • Serves: 12


4 tablespoons Schnucks unsalted butter, divided, plus additional for greasing pan
1 package (1 pound) elbow macaroni
2 celery ribs, each cut lengthwise in half, then thinly sliced crosswise (about 1 cup)
1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons Schnucks all-purpose flour
2-1/2 cups Schnucks vitamin D whole milk
1/3 cup Schnucks hot sauce, plus additional for serving
1 package (16 ounces) Schnucks sharp Cheddar cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1/2 (16-ounce) package Schnucks hot pepper Jack cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 Schnucks classic or herb whole roasted chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Schnucks Select blue cheese crumbles
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with butter.

2. Heat large covered saucepot of salted water to boiling over high heat. Add macaroni and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes; drain, then return to same saucepot.

3. Meanwhile, in large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add celery and onion and cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle flour over vegetables; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. With whisk, stir in milk and heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Stir in hot sauce, then cheeses, adding about 1 cup cheese at a time and stirring until melted and smooth. Stir in chicken. Pour chicken mixture into pasta; toss to coat. Spread pasta evenly in prepared baking dish.

4. In microwave-safe medium bowl, heat remaining 1 tablespoon butter in microwave oven on high 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in panko, blue cheese and parsley. Sprinkle panko mixture over pasta. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until edges bubble and top is golden brown. Serve pasta with additional hot sauce.


Each serving: about 580 calories, 30 g total fat (18 g saturated), 125 mg cholesterol, 800 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 35 g protein